Posts for : July 2013

COC Coalition Meeting–July 17th at 1:30 PM



Wednesday, July 17th, 20113   at 1:30 pm

Location:  Beer Dock Pavilion (although it will be a dry dock that day)

Volunteers will direct traffic.  Located outh of the building we normally meet in.

  1. Introductions
  2. The Hanger – a project of CASA’s Milton Foster Children’s Fund Committee, a
    volunteer group that raises money to support children & teens in out-of-home
    placement in El Paso and Teller Counties – Laura Speer
  3. Update from agencies in attendance
  4. El Paso County Fair – July 20th – 27th  (Partner Participation throughout week & access)
  5. 3rd Annual Community Outreach Coalition Health & Resource Fair – Sept 14th, 2013
  6. Save the Date reminders

Michelle Milner, with PP United Way 211 invited our Coalition agencies to post activities on their electronic calendar which is located on the website.  The events must be health and human service related, ie: not fundraising events.  Event informaton can be emailed to Michlle at  If you have any questions, please feel to call Michelle at 719-955-0732.

VIII.  Next Meeting – Wed., August 21st, 2013  at Exhibit Hall @ El Paso County Fairgrounds

Improving the Health of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy

2013 Webinar Series

Improving the Health of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy
Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners
Designing Healthy Communities


This session examines how homes and community design can promote inclusiveness for all populations.
Understanding risks and impacts of municipal planning, including those that can affect health, helps to ensure
that land use and transportation decisions result in positive and equitable health outcomes.
Thursday, July 18, 2013, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 p.m. ET)
2:00 – 2:05 Welcome and Adobe Connect logistics
Speakers: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HRSA Region VIII Maternal and Child Health
Consultant and Shayne Brady, Community Planning and Development Representative, Region VIII Department of
Housing and Urban Development
2:05 – 2:15 What IS the National Prevention Strategy?
Speaker: RADM Zachary Taylor, MD, MS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region VIII, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
Speaker: Dr. Zachary Taylor is the Regional Health Administrator for Region VIII. Dr. Taylor has served in the Indian
Health Service, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now AHRQ), the Agency for Toxic Substances and
Disease Registry and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Taylor has numerous peer reviewed
publications, book chapters, guidelines, and government publications. He is board certified in Preventive Medicine.
2:15 – 2:30 Redevelopment and Renewal
The Mariposa Healthy Living Initiative is an example of a living implementation tool for designers, developers, and
practitioners to understand how redevelopment actions can change the quality of life for residents. The Initiative uses a
responsive and rigorous approach to address environmental and social determinants of health, which include Healthy
Housing, Environmental Stewardship, Sustainable and Safe Transportation, Social Cohesion, Public Infrastructure, and
Healthy Economy.
Speaker: Lynne Picard, Senior Resident & Community Services Manager, Denver Housing Authority. Ms. Picard has
worked in affordable housing and community development at the Denver Housing Authority since 1992. As an integral
part of the DHA team which redeveloped Denver’s Curtis Park and Park Avenue West communities, Ms. Picard has
extensive experience working to create a community design process.
2:30 – 2:45 Building Healthy Sustainable Tribal Communities
The Oglala Lakota Nation spans a large rural part of South Dakota. Through a Regional Planning grant, the Nation has
recently completed a regional plan to sustain its natural environment while planning a course to improve the Nation’s
built environments such as housing, transportation, places of education, commerce and health. The Plan is unique in
that it highlights that the qualitative wellbeing of an individual is important to the social fabric of the community. The
Plan lays out the course for elevating cultural awareness, and addressing social illnesses through mental and physical
health strategies. The Oglala Lakota people believe that the best days of our nation are in front of us and not behind us.
Speaker: Nick Tilsen is the Executive Director at Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation. His past
experience includes working as the Community Development Specialist at Rural Community Innovations, serving as the
Executive Director of the Lakota Action Network, and Project Coordinator of the at Lakota Express
2:45 – 3:00 The Role of Public Transportation in Healthy Communities
Sun Valley Neighborhood is one of Denver’s oldest and least prosperous neighborhoods with a vast majority of residents
relying on public assistance for basic needs. The neighborhood is a recent beneficiary of a new light rail transit corridor
between Denver and western suburbs. City of Denver was awarded dual HUD and FTA grants to plan for the
transformation that will occur in and around this neighborhood to support increased engagement of the residents to
build a more livable and self-sustaining place community.
Speaker: Steven Chester is a City Planner with Denver’s Department of Community Planning and Development where he
has worked on the City’s HUD/DOT Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and helped update the City’s Transit
Oriented Development Strategic Plan. Prior to working with the City and County of Denver, Steven worked with the TOD
Group at RTD, and was a Residential Green Building Consultant for Davis Energy Group in Davis, CA. Steven has a
Masters of Urban and Regional Planning focusing on Urban Place Making and Transportation Planning from University of
3:00-3:15 Designing an Active Built Environment
The HUD and DOT Main Streets Initiative brings public agencies, nonprofits, foundation and private resources together
to enhance the health, safety and development for communities. This presentation will highlight how Rifle, Colorado -one of four small rural communities awarded a Sustainable Main Streets Initiative grant – has adopted sustainability
principles based on the Federal Partnership principles and affirmed it values of economic prosperity, healthy
communities and conservation and protection of natural places.
Speaker: Nathan Lindquist, Planner at City of Rifle. Nathan is originally from western North Carolina and has a Master’s
in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
3:15-3:30 Question and Answer and additional resources
To register:
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Continuing education credits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this activity is pending.


The Independence Center Job Posting


Independence Center



JOB TITLE:   Eastern Counties Independent Living Specialist              

DEPARTMENT:  Independent Living                                                        

REPORTS TO:  IL Program Manager

STATUS:  Part-time; 20 hour/week; non-exempt/hourly


Position summary:

Responsible for providing THE IC’s Independent Living services in eastern El Paso, Lincoln and Elbert counties to reach the unserved and underserved consumers in these areas.  Services include Information and Referral, Peer Support, Advocacy, and Independent Living Skills Training.  The IL Specialist will work closely with the other members of their team to develop peer support groups and resources to ensure that services can be provided in outlying areas.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate Degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience and a desire to work with people with disabilities
  • Reliable transportation and ability to travel freely throughout El Paso, Teller, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Park, Lincoln, Cheyenne and Elbert counties to provide IL services.
  • Proficient with computer, including, Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, and Outlook


Essential Functions/Areas of Accountability:

  1. Be a self-starter who is productive and proactive as well as work in conjunction with current staff and community patrons in an effort to accomplish job duties.
  2. Understand, model and implement The Independence Center philosophy, vision and mission. Ensure the philosophy, mission and goals of the Independent living program are maintained. Have a working knowledge of the Americans with disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and Fair Housing.
  3. Assist consumers in learning and exercising self-reliance and self-advocacy skills. Set clear expectations, responsibilities and goals with consumers.
  4. Build peer support groups that encourage consumers to come together to address challenges and overcome obstacles that face people with disabilities. Work with the Peer Mentor/Volunteer Coordinator to develop Opportunities for consumer leadership in peer mentor roles.
  5. Determine the needs of consumers and the community throughout eastern county catchment area. Conduct outreach to identify un-served and underserved consumers and collaborate with other organizations providing services to people with disabilities.
  6. Develop an up to date information and referral database for eastern counties.
  7. Work with Community Organizer and Employment Specialist to provide advocacy for employment and transportation.
  8. Responsible for completing all paperwork and documentation such as Consumer Intake packet, Individual Living Plan and entering services into Cil Suite in a timely manner to meet regulatory requirements.. Maintain confidentiality as outlined in the employee handbook and work within the confines of HIPPA regulations.
  1. Accepts responsibility for personal and professional development and engage in and explore opportunities for training. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.


Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of area resources (El Paso, Elbert & Lincoln counties).
  • Personal experience with a disability and knowledge of the Independent living movement is desirable
  • Excellent Interpersonal Skills
  • Excellent Communication Skills, Including Public Speaking
  • Ability to write routine reports, assessments and related correspondence.
  • The capacity to empower individuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves


Physical/Environmental Requirements:

  • Office environment requiring ongoing computer use and extended amount of time sitting or standing.
  • Ability to drive and spend much of the day traveling throughout eastern county area to meet with consumers and agencies.
    • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.


This position may also require the performance of other duties as assigned.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYThe Independence Center is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity.  We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age 40 and over, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.